[Wikimedia-l] Go away, community (from WMF wiki at least)

Matthew Roth mroth at wikimedia.org
Mon May 13 14:55:15 UTC 2013

Wading into the water here. I hope we can separate the blog issue out a bit
from the Foundation wiki issue, at least in terms of the user rights part.

I was the one who changed a whole slew of user rights from "Editor" to
"Contributor," which in our WordPress setup limits some of their abilities,
like approving comments, uploading files and editing posts written by other
people, among others. I was cleaning up old emails from previous WMF
Communications interns/volunteers, staff members and others I hadn't seen
active in the two years I've been here. It was easy to see who was former
staff (@wikimedia.org emails), but not as much with volunteers who had been
given access in the past (and there were a number of them with zero
activity in years). I should have been more careful and I'm happy to
reinstate "Editor" rights for anyone else I inadvertently moved (and

I'm sorry Casey and Alex for the confusion. I've moved your accounts back
to the "Editor" rights category. If I bungled anyone else's permissions,
please let me know.


On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM, Yaroslav M. Blanter <putevod at mccme.ru>wrote:

> On 13.05.2013 14:07, Tomasz W. Kozlowski wrote:
>> This isn't a comment aimed at anyone in particular, so I'm not going
>> to quote anybody, but can we please stop hijacking this thread, and
>> posting about how Wikimedia Foundation staff are also humans and how
>> the WMF was badly organised X years ago — which are valid discussion
>> for a different time — and get back to the bottom of the topic?
>> Here are some questions that I asked, and which haven't been covered at
>> all:
>> 1) Who made the decision to remove adminship from all community members?
>> 2) Why did you make this decision now? What changed?
>> 3) Who precisely (what department) is responsible for the maintenance
>> of the wiki, and why didn't they perform their roles before?
>> And a question that I think someone else asked:
>> 1) For how long has the decision of removing adminship from those
>> community members been discussed behind the closed door of the WMF,
>> and who participated in that discussion?
> If I read the e-mails correctly, 1 and 2 were covered. 1 is Gayle, and 2
> is that "it was on her to do list for a long time", so apparently she
> decided to perform this on Friday afternoon since it was not pleasant and
> had to be done anyway.
> I am not sure though pursuing these questions is very much constructive. I
> personally would be more interested in 5) what measures are to be taken to
> exclude this in the future, and 6) how can we continue assuming good faith
> and be nice to each other.
> FT2 tried to relegate these questions to a separate thread, but so far
> unfortunately without much follow-up.
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
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